Hunger for More

Hunger for More

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by Lloyd Banks

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Lloyd Banks' being a member of the G-Unit posse, click, crew, whatever, means that the release of his debut is a huge event with a massive storm cloud of positive and negative hype looming above. Mixtapes had boasted it's the second coming, message boards had already declared it a disaster, but when you get down to it, all you're left with is a…  See more details below


Lloyd Banks' being a member of the G-Unit posse, click, crew, whatever, means that the release of his debut is a huge event with a massive storm cloud of positive and negative hype looming above. Mixtapes had boasted it's the second coming, message boards had already declared it a disaster, but when you get down to it, all you're left with is a CD to throw in the player -- a 120-mm-diameter disc of polycarbonate that's either going to have you bobbing your head to the beat or wondering what else you should have bought. Decide whether you can tolerate, ignore, or devour all the usual G-Unit boasts, brags, and threats, and know that The Hunger for More is another solid release from the crew and is a couple steps down from 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' and a step above G-Unit's Beg for Mercy. Know too that there's no "In da Club" here. Banks goes more for the long lyrical flows compared to 50's penchant for catchy chants, but there's no filler and there's about four or five tracks to add to the crew's hall of fame. With its marching-band snare and frantic loop, "Playboy" is the first contender, and one of the tracks that breaks away from the usual G-Unit thuggish funk. The stately "Warrior" is struck from the mold -- as are the great "I'm So Fly" and "On Fire" -- but it's all part of the album's great bouncing-between-the-two structure and perhaps executive producer 50 Cent's plan. To his credit, 50's given Banks plenty of room to explain himself; you could trim about three minutes of G-Unit propaganda and still have an album. Anyone questioning Banks' lyrical skills only needs to check his vivid picture of life on the streets, "Til the End." The frank narrative turns chilling as the rapper observes that crack addicts are part of picture -- easy to dismiss losers when they're strangers but devastating when it's your family. There are many more moments that are striking enough to rise above the hype and drama, and even guest stars Snoop Dogg and Eminem end up just passers through in Banks' world. To define yourself as a complex individual in the G-Unit clan is a difficult task, but here's a rapper who can do it. The Hunger for More starts with the sound of a money counter flipping -- a perfectly G-Unit opening -- but in the end it's totally Banks. 50 Cent seems comfortable with this, but maybe even he missed some of the irony in the album's title.

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Interscope Records


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lloyd Banks   Primary Artist
K.C.   Vocals
DJ Whoo Kid   Vocals

Technical Credits

Charles Lloyd   Composer
DJ Hi-Tek   Producer
Kelly Holland   Composer
Luis Resto   Producer
B. White   Composer
Havoc   Producer
Timbaland   Producer
Thayod Ausar   Producer
Eminem   Producer
Carlisle Young   Engineer
Paul Gregory   Producer,Engineer
Senator Jimmy D   Engineer
Patrick Viala   Engineer
50 Cent   Executive Producer
Nancie Stern   Sample Clearance
N. Hale   Composer
Adrian Hall   Engineer
Danjah   Producer
Diaz Brothers   Producer
Sha Money XL   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Red Spyda   Producer
Ron Browz   Producer
Nicole Frantz   Creation
Kyla Miller   Engineer
Gregory "Ginx" Doby   Producer
Black Jeruz   Producer
Scram Jones   Producer
Chad Beat   Producer
Jayceon Taylor   Composer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner   Mastering

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The Hunger for More (Deluxe Explicit Version) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Hunger For More won't make you ask for Seconds. Lloyd Banks is a man on a mission. And even though it is never clearly stated on his solo debut album, The Hunger For More, I think that mission has something to do with getting more money and "pimping more hoes" (or at least talking like it). If Lloyd Banks new what was good for him however, that mission would also include stepping out of the shadow of 50 Cent. Though 50 Cent, on the surface, keeps a low profile in terms of guest appearances for Bank's debut, 50 Cent's fingerprints are all over the album. Whether it's the hooks on songs like "Warrior", "If You So Gangsta", and "On Fire", the arrangements of the songs, or even Banks almost slurred delivery The Hunger For More takes on the sound and feel of something that you've heard before. And considering their isn't an original thought on the entire album and the overexposure of 50 Cent and the G-Unit, you probably have. The criticism and numerous shortcomings of Banks debut are for the most part, identical to those that can be leveled and most of commercial rap coming out these days; it's uncreative, unoriginal, ultra-misogynistic, ignorant, and damn it, it just plain doesn't sound good! How long does it take to come up with song concepts like "I'm So Fly" and "I Get High" and to lay them down over such suspect beats? Sure some of the beats save songs or at least make them bearable such as the cuts, "Work Magic", "South Side Story", and "Warrior Pt 2" but for overall the production is not quite consistent. In the months leading up to his debut LP, Banks generated a buzz for himself, by simply being a member of the G-unit, but also by laying down a number of verses on mix-tapes that were well received on the streets. Since then, the wittiness and punch, of Bank's punch lines must have dulled considerably because lyrically he's no longer all that impressive, assuming he ever was. Though apparently "hungry for more", this album won't leave listeners feeling that way, and even this early in his career, Banks is a lot closer to a man out of gas than a Man on Fire.  
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lloyld banks it an oustanding artist hands down the best of the gunit crew. His punch lines make him so great songs like work magic, warrior part 2 and on fire are club bangers. This is the best of gunit have ever heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lloyd Bank$ cd is very good I think he will be as big as 50 maybe even bigger, haha.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new Lloyd Banks, is a HEADBANGER, The production and vocals...Keeps the G-Unit Flavor alive. This will be as HOT!!! as 50 Cent first CD. The whole Crew is doing there thing...What makes Lloyd Banks unique is that his style is not the same as the other members so everything is Fresh!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is muthafunkin awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
lloyd banks is one of the hottest in da game right now and can't nobody say otherwise he's not to far behind eminem cuzz his punch line is sick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
c'mon now lets be serious lloyd banks killed,murdered and masicured this cd i refuse to say any more except if u dont have this cd then u should consider getting some help
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very good CD with some great beats. I am now a Lloyd Banks fan. I like Young Buck's Straight Outta Cashville a little more but I am glad I own both CDs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, this has been a long time coming. I started to question Lloyd Banks as being the weakest member of G-Unit. But after I picked up the CD, i gotta say that I was surpirsed by his talent for the game. Out of the original three (50, Banks, Buck, (and Yayo too, but he's been locked up)) Banks and Buck are tied for a close second, and aren't that far behind 50 himself. Favorite song on the CD are Work Magic, I'm So Fly, On Fire, and Warrior Part II. I'll be looking for his next album and G-Unit's next group album in the future
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a long-time fan of G-Unit, there was no doubt that I would pick up this CD once it dropped. Now before listening to Banks' debut solo album, I always thought of him as being okay, but the weakest of the origional group of three (not including Tony Yayo, because he was locked up). After listening to the CD once, I was instantly suprised by the lyrical content that Banks' uses. His style and flow is different from 50 and Young Buck: Banks' is very metaphorical with his lyrics, and I find that very impressive for such a young artist. A few of my favorite songs on the CD are Playboy, On Fire, I'm So Fly, Work Magic, and Warrior Part II. Lloyd Banks did an impressive job on his album, and I'll be looking forward to more solo albums, as well as another group album from G-Unit.